pyxidium

[ pik-sid-ee-uhm ]

noun,plural pyx·id·i·a [pik-sid-ee-uh]. /pɪkˈsɪd i ə/. Botany.
  1. a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane.

Origin of pyxidium

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1825–35; <New Latin <Greek pyxídion a little box, equivalent to pyxid- (stem of pyxís) a box + -ion diminutive noun suffix

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pyxidium

pyxis (ˈpɪksɪs)

/ (pɪkˈsɪdɪəm) /


nounplural -ia (-ɪə) or pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
  1. the dry fruit of such plants as the plantain: a capsule whose upper part falls off when mature so that the seeds are released

Origin of pyxidium

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C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box, pyx

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